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The Deadly Balance Predators and People in a Crowded World

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By: Adam Hart(Author)
368 pages
The Deadly Balance explores how we can conserve the world's predators while safely living alongside them.
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  • The Deadly Balance ISBN: 9781472985361 Hardback Feb 2023 Available for pre-order
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The predators that can hunt, kill and eat us occupy a unique place in the human psyche. In this book, Adam Hart looks at our relationship with these animals from a conservation perspective.

Whether it's lions in Africa, tigers in India or sharks in the world's oceans, we are fascinated by – and often terrified of – predators. Animals that can hunt, kill, and eat us occupy a unique place in the human psyche, and for good reason. Predation forms a big part of our evolutionary history, but in the modern world there are many people who live alongside animals that can, and sometimes do, make them prey.

In The Deadly Balance, biologist Adam Hart explores the complex relationships we have with predators, and investigates what happens when humans become prey. From big cats to army ants, via snakes, bears, wolves, crocodiles, piranhas and more, Hart busts some myths and explores the science behind such encounters. Despite their fearsome and often wildly exaggerated reputations, these animals have far more to fear from us than we do from them. By probing the latest conservation science, Hart explores how we might both conserve the world's predators and live safely alongside them.

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Adam Hart is a Professor of Science Communication at the University of Gloucestershire. A lifelong nature obsessive, Adam teaches and studies ecology, conservation, behaviour, evolution and field biology. He is also a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service; he has made more than 30 radio documentaries on topics ranging from tree diseases to trophy hunting and was the co-host of the BBC TV documentaries Planet Ant and Hive Alive. Adam was a host of the international weekly World Service science round-up program Science in Action and is writer and presenter of Tooth and Claw, which examines our complex relationships with predators.

His academic research is wide-ranging and includes insect biology, citizen science, African ecology and conservation. Adam is the co-director of research for the Nkombi Volunteer programme in South Africa, and his work on thermal imaging in rhino anti-poaching in southern Africa won him the UK Universities' Green Gown award for Research with Impact. Adam is also the Vice President of the Royal Entomological Society.

Coming Soon
By: Adam Hart(Author)
368 pages
The Deadly Balance explores how we can conserve the world's predators while safely living alongside them.
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